Spring boating is all about fun and safety

Spring boating is all about fun and safety

Mild temperatures and snow-less slopes were a bummer for a lot of outdoor enthusiasts this winter, but boaters can rejoice—that easy winter is a sign of a great boating season to come. Lake Champlain is the place to be this spring and summer, so bust out those oars and water skis a little early and… Read More »

Boating into the fall

Boating into the fall

By John Freeman of Small Boat Exchange Vermonters start pulling their boats out of the water starting Labor Day. What a mistake. Granted, some boaters are heading south for the winter, and some are parents of school-aged kids with weekends filled with sporting events and other activities. But for the rest of us, we should… Read More »

Lake Champlain Maritime Festival hosts 30th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show

The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival will be at Burlington’s Waterfront Park Aug. 6 through 9. The Festival is a four-day celebration of Lake Champlain, showcasing hundreds of exhibits throughout sites on the Burlington Waterfront. As part of the annual Festival activities, the Lake Champlain Antique & Classic Boat Show is held on Saturday, August 8… Read More »

Letting off summertime steam on Lake Champlain

Letting off summertime steam on Lake Champlain

Boats powered by steam drove commerce for about a century on Lake Champlain. Ferries and barges were also used, but steamships were the quickest mode of water transportation. Today, steamboats on the lake are a bit slower, a lot smaller, and a rarity. Enter Russ Steeves, Redbud, and the North American Steamboat Association. Redbud is… Read More »

Plan ahead for Father’s Day Fishing Derby

Plan ahead for Father’s Day Fishing Derby

June 20 marks the kick-off day of the 34th Lake Champlain International (LCI) Father’s Day Derby presented by Yamaha. All rivers defined as Lake Champlain waters by New York and Vermont are open, and no boat is necessary: winning fish have come from the banks before. So grab your pole and a fishing buddy, and get… Read More »

Three must-have boating skills this summer

Three must-have boating skills this summer

What are three of the most common skills any boater will need to know this summer? “Docking is often seen as a spectator sport, but everyone needs to know how to do it safely,” said BoatUS Magazine Executive Editor Mike Vatalaro. “Beaching your boat is also a common maneuver, as is using your boat’s trim… Read More »

Fun fishing events to enjoy this spring

Fun fishing events to enjoy this spring

Fishing is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. Many anglers remember their first fishing experience was with a parent or mentor who taught them the basics and gave them the opportunity to catch fish. That opportunity is now being replicated across Vermont through several programs that are specifically designed to… Read More »

Burlington welcomes home schooner Lois McClure

Burlington welcomes home schooner Lois McClure

Have you met Lois McClure? If so, you’d probably remember her, and if not, you’ll have the opportunity to do so soon.  The 88 foot schooner belonging to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum will return to her home on the Burlington waterfront at Perkins Pier on Friday, Oct. 4. People can board the schooner on… Read More »